Remote sensing of impervious surface growth:a framework for quantifying urban expansion and re-densification mechanisms

Shahtahmassebi, Amir Reza and Song, Jie and Zheng, Qing and Blackburn, George Alan and Wang, Ke and Huang, Ling Yan and Pan, Yi and Moore, Nathan and Shahtahmassebi, Golnaz and Haghighi, Reza Sadrabadi and Deng, Jing Song (2016) Remote sensing of impervious surface growth:a framework for quantifying urban expansion and re-densification mechanisms. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 46. pp. 94-112. ISSN 0303-2434

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Abstract

A substantial body of literature has accumulated on the topic of using remotely sensed data to map impervious surfaces which are widely recognized as an important indicator of urbanization. However, the remote sensing of impervious surface growth has not been successfully addressed. This study proposes a new framework for deriving and summarizing urban expansion and re-densification using time series of impervious surface fractions (ISFs) derived from remotely sensed imagery. This approach integrates multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis (MESMA), analysis of regression residuals, spatial statistics (Getis_Ord) and urban growth theories; hence, the framework is abbreviated as MRGU. The performance of MRGU was compared with commonly used change detection techniques in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach. The results suggested that the ISF regression residuals were optimal for detecting impervious surface changes while Getis_Ord was effective for mapping hotspot regions in the regression residuals image. Moreover, the MRGU outputs agreed with the mechanisms proposed in several existing urban growth theories, but importantly the outputs enable the refinement of such models by explicitly accounting for the spatial distribution of both expansion and re-densification mechanisms. Based on Landsat data, the MRGU is somewhat restricted in its ability to measure re-densification in the urban core but this may be improved through the use of higher spatial resolution satellite imagery. The paper ends with an assessment of the present gaps in remote sensing of impervious surface growth and suggests some solutions. The application of impervious surface fractions in urban change detection is a stimulating new research idea which is driving future research with new models and algorithms.

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International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 46, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2015.11.007
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15 Aug 2016 12:28
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